NHS priorities

Whether it’s to prepare for the next Pharmacy Quality Scheme deadline, or to increase your confidence in helping people with a learning disability, this section provides topic-specific pages that link to current NHS priorities. This section will support you in keeping your knowledge and skills up to date in order to provide high-quality pharmacy services and be service-ready.

Clinical pharmacy

Our clinical portfolio is expanding on a frequent basis, helping you to advance your knowledge and skills and deliver medicines optimisation in practice for all sectors of pharmacy. From two new focal points a year to our small group learning for hospital pharmacists – Optimise – this section focuses on clinical pharmacy, diseases and therapeutics.

Public health

The public health agenda is embedded in pharmacy, yet topics such as emergency contraception or stop smoking support are as prevalent as ever. As well as our public health workshops, use this section to access a wide range of resources to assure and maintain your competence, all underpinned by the Declaration of Competence system.

Community pharmacy

We deliver a range of focal point workshops on key clinical topics each year to offer pharmacy professionals in community pharmacy settings a clinical focus on practice. These workshops are run online by our tutors across England, are interactive and offer opportunities for you to share practice and learn from and with your peers.

Watch the following video to learn more about what to expect if you attend one of our online workshops.


Our focal point and distance learning programmes are shown in the list below. In this list, we've also included links to our:

  • ‘Fundamentals’ suite of e-courses, which are available to help you build your knowledge and skills in a range of therapeutic topic areas
  • Optimise online workshops, which will allow you the opportunity to work through highly focused clinical topics with a group of peers.

For other learning formats on clinical topics, use our search facility at the top of the page or our A-Z tab where you can filter for programmes such as e-learning.



Programme formats explained

distance learning

Self-study programmes available as PDFs


Online assessments


Extended online programmes which are either self-directed or supported by a CPPE tutor


Self-study online interactive learning, podcasts or e-lectures


Self-study, information-based, reflective online learning

focal point

Programmes for primary care teams including community pharmacy


Programmes for hospital and primary care pharmacy teams

online workshop

Online workshops facilitated by a CPPE tutor

Optimise - workplace based

Programmes for hospital and primary care pharmacy teams


Local workshops facilitated by a CPPE tutor or some you can deliver yourself

Learning levels explained

We recognise that people have different learning needs. Some of our programmes contain core learning while others deliver more complex learning that is only required to support certain roles. We have three categories of learning (1,2,3) and have allocated each programme to an appropriate category.

Core learning. Builds on limited knowledge. Some background reading may be required.

Application of knowledge. Assumes prior learning.

Supporting specialisms. We may not be the provider and will signpost you to other learning providers.

Learning programmes from other providers which complement your learning.

Fundamentals of cardiovascular therapeutics - e-course

  • Format: e-course
  • Study time: 21h:0m

Fundamentals of palliative care - e-course

  • Format: e-course
  • Study time: 24h:0m

Fundamentals of renal therapeutics - e-course

  • Format: e-course
  • Study time: 24h:0m

Fundamentals of respiratory therapeutics - e-course

  • Format: e-course
  • Study time: 24h:0m